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to help manage what he calls one of the largest relief efforts in u.s. history. >>> at home, a potential political crisis as the president marks one year in office. >>> and golden moment. the stars of the big and small screens gather for the first big award events of the season. who will strike gold. the winner is still up in the air, today sunday, january 17th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to this special split edition of "today." i'm lester hold coming to you from the airport in port-au-prince, haiti. >> lester, the pictures continue to shock and sadden so many of us. >> reporter: it's a story that continues to get dramatic by the hour, a lot to report overnight we got another pretty strong aftershock that jolted a lot of us awake. fortunately it was short in duration. there was also good news on the search and rescue front. a woman has pulled from the wreckage of that hotel in haitianville that collapsed during the earthquake. she was only dehydrated but alive. some people had been pulled alive from a supermarket. there's been
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. this as the u.s. embassy in yemen closes due to terror threats and the president prepares to meet with his top security officials. >>> and winter wallop, from wind and waves to blankets of snow, the northeast is bearing the brunt of mother nature and more is expected. today, suay, january 3rd, 2010. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with lester holt and jenna wolfe. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday morning. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm jenna wolfe. the arrest of paul merhige brings some closure to the family of the victims of that thanksgiving day massacre. >> while he was loose some of the family feared for their own lives thinking he might be seeking them out as well. now at least part of that nightmare is over thanks to a tip generated by "america's most wand." we'll have the latest including an interview with the parents of the youngest victim. >>> also as the president returns from his hawaiian vacation, he'll meet this week at the white house with his top security team to find out just how the would be christmas bomber g
-au-prince. we're going to get their reports in just a couple of minutes. >> but first, let us get you caught up on the overnight developments. the death toll unclear this morning. haitian president rene preval has said the death toll could be around 50,000, but one haitian senator believes that it could soar to as high as 500,000, and there are unconfirmed reports of at least three american deaths. there are some 45,000 americans living and working in haiti. meanwhile, the first u.s. planes carrying food, water and other supplies have started to arrive. u.s. navy ships are headed to the region, one carrying 2,000 marines to assist with security there. we're going to talk to secretary of state hillary clinton about the u.s. response to the disaster in just a moment. >>> but we want to begin on this thursday morning with ann curry, who is in port-au-prince right now, and she has the latest on the disaster. ann, good morning to you. >> reporter: matt, good morning. not since the tsunami has there been a humanitarian crisis that has needed the world's help than this one in haiti right now. it is a
recalls. millions of vehicles have been recalled in the u.s. because of sudden acceleration problems. toyota now says the parts needed to fix the cars will begin to arrive at dealerships later this week, but some anxious car owners are still very worried about what they drive. here's nbc's george lewis. >> reporter: toyota says it has a fix for its gas pedal problems and that parts for recalled vehicles may be in dealerships pie late this week. that's little consolation to dr. wittin, a retired physician from are california, who said his dealer told him there's nothing wrong with his 2005 highlander hybrid. he doesn't believe that. >> up until now it was -- i was a pretty reliable toyota customer but i will never buy a car from them again. i can't. they're not safe. >> reporter: so he had the car towed home. it had been in the body shop after it accelerated suddenly and crashed. >> i do not intend to ever drive this car. >> reporter: he says it will sit in his driveway while he contemplates suing toyota. and toyota's problems may not end with these recalls. >> we believe that the pro
't have any exact numbers now. i'm very proud of the u.s. government response. the president ordered a swift, coordinated, aggressive effort. we've got the airport open, thanks to the u.s. military. we've got our civilian search-and-rescue teams on the ground, thanks to usaid and fema. we are doing all we can to figure out how best to attack the devastation all around, and this is going to be a long-term effort. we have the immediate crisis of trying to save those lives that can be saved, to deal with the injured and the dead, to try to provide food, water, medical supplies, some semblance of shelter, and then to work with our haitian partners, the government of haiti, ngos, others to begin the rebuilding process. >> you mentioned the government of haiti. right now we know that many government buildings were badly damaged or destroyed, including the presidential palace and parliament. the president is safe, but there are legislators and ministers who are still among the missing. is the government effectively up and running at this point? is there someone in charge and are you concern
in the case. >>> and the so-called tiger woods' defense being used by the lawyer for the mack accused of blackmailing david letterman. in court papers, joe halderman's attorney is using a aspect of the woods' sex scandal to get his client's charges dismissed. >>> we're going to begin with the deep freeze that's gripping much of the country. we'll get to al's forecast in just a moment. we'll start with nbc's jeff rossen, who is in new york's times square, freezing. jeff, good morning. >> reporter: a few blocks away, it feels like you sent me to siberia. in new york city, you saw it on the plaza, 20 degrees outside. with the wind chill, it feels about five or six degrees. i was going to complain about that. but then i looked up the temperature in des moines, eye. with the wind chill there, it feels like negative 25. a lot of cities this morning are dealing with the bitterly cold like we are. other cities are dealing with the heavy snow, many are dealing with both at once. as snow piles up in the northeast -- and temperatures dip well below zero in the midwest -- you have the winter weat
be considered for enhancing security. they have been tested in trial runs, but are not now in use. ohm 40 are deployed for passengers requiring extra security. the secretary of homeland security pushed to buy and install more, but congress resisted, persuaded in part by lobbying that the machines are an invasion of privacy with strip search. >> i talked to a lot of people and debated about why it was important to visualize what was concealed under people's clothing. >> he is a consultant for a company that makes the scanners and they fight deployment for scening, claiming they would be inappropriate as abdulmutallab concealed what he was hiding. >> we have to develop something more effective to defeat the terrorist and doesn't have a huge negative side effect. >>> the obama administration is adding more names to federal watch lists and that affects innocent passengers too. anna garcia, a reporter for knbc in los angeles cannot use curbside check in or get her boarding pass. she is always subjected to screening because a name similar to her is on a watch list. the top commander in the mide
you about a new generation of skaters taking the ice for the u.s. in vancouver. >>> then we're calling this puppy cam 2.0. remember those adorable shiba inu puppies who took the internet by storm last year? they of course have grown up but about a week ago an equally adorable litter was born giving us a new batch of fur balls to fall in love with. here's a live look at them. obviously it's breakfast in that household. we'll meet them in our next half hour. >> you see how they all lined up light, dark, light, dark. they know what they're doing. >> i didn't notice that. anyway, adorable shot. >>> first let's move to politics. democrats took a devastating hit losing last week's massachusetts senate race and their super majority. it has the president bringing in reinforcements to make sure the story doesn't repeat itself in this fall's midterm elections. this, as he prepares for his first state of the union address this week. here with more is david gregory, moderator of "meet the press." good morning. >> good morning. >> he's bringing in david. who is that. >> he's a very important advise
of that. >> reporter: as rescue teams mobilize from around the globe, the u.s. is pledging its full support. >> we will be providing both civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance, and our prayers are with the people that have suffered, their families and their loved ones. >> reporter: we just got word overnight that the woman we mentioned, jillian thorpe, an american who works with off fans and was trapped in the rubble of a building has been rescued. know there will be more survivor stories over the next few days, and possibly even weeks, but we also know this disaster may not be over. there's still many fears of continued aftershocks that could go on into weeks or months, landslides and more building collapses in a city where it's been estimated that some 60% of the buildings may be poorly built, matt. >> as you heard michelle kosinski tell us, american missionary jillian thorpe was pulled safely from the rubble of a collapsed building in port-au-prince. her husband, frank thorpe jr., who happened to be an intern with us here on "today," helped with that r
can look you in the eye and say we have not been obstructionists. >> they didn't send us to washington to fight each other in a political steel cage match to see who comes out alive. >> reporter: republicans began by presenting the president with a booklet of ideas and as many complains mr. obama spent the last year ignoring them. >> multiple times from your administration there have been statements that republicans have no idea of the solutions. >> reporter: other sore spots remain. at the top of the list, jobs and how to create more of them. >> will you consider supporting across the board tax relief. >> reporter: the $787 billion stimulus, target of republican attacks, resulted in two million jobs and hit back at gop critics. >> a lot of you have gone to appear at ribbon cuttings for the same projects you voted against. >> reporter: despite the talk of getting along and bipartisan comedy, there is a desperate struggle for control. many republicans believe in outside experts concur. they had a chance to take back the house in november. how that bodes for bipartisans getting along in
. is it the end of the road for his health care reform plan? this morning, senator-elect scott brown is with us exclusively. >>> and manhunt. police in virginia desperately searching for a man accused of gunning down eight people, and they've surrounded a wooded area where they believe he's hiding today, wednesday, january 20th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. and more bad news out of haiti. that aftershock that struck just after 6:00 a.m. eastern time was 36 miles outside of port-au-prince, and it is believed to be the strongest aftershock since last week's quake. >> as you might imagine, it rattled a lot of nerves in an already devastated country, sending people screaming and running outside, including nbc's lester holt, who is there. lester, what was it like? how long did it last? >> reporter: well, we were just discussing that. you know, it's hard to know how long it lasted. our guess is 15 to 20 seconds. i was on the second floor of the structure we're using here
to be a big part of that. >> reporter: as rescue teams mobilize from around the globe, the u.s. is pledging its full support. >> we will be providing both civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance and our prayers are with the people who have suffered. their families and their loved ones. >> reporter: some people who were able to get a cell phone signal out of haiti last night despite hearing the screams of people trapped inside buildings, but also the cheers of rescuers able to pull some victims out alive. natalie? >> such a horrific situation, obviously. every rescue we will be hearing about the next couple of days. michelle kosinski, thanks so much. in miami. as michelle mentioned, american missionary gilian thorpe was trapped in the rubble of one building. her husband, frank thorpe, helped rescue her. matt spoke with him earlier on "today" about what he is seeing in port-au-prince. >> reporter: it is worse than a war zone. thousands and thousands of haitians on the streets because their buildings and houses collapsed and they can't live in them. we have been woken
will be back for a local update. join us at 9:00 for the latest his fiuáu appearance and we will find out what happened inside and out the courtroom. what he has been telng investigator investigators. >> after worry and long lines for the vaccine, what happened to the swine flu? a lot to tell you about the way the disease progressed and what has been recommended now on getting that vaccine or not. >> did you get yours? >> i got the seasonal flu vaccine because it was right here on the show. >> i paid $18 and got the swine flu because they had it. >> i got it for my kids, but i'm unprotected. >> we will talk about the economy and pting people back to work. we want to start off with the latest from savannah guthrie. >> reporter: the shipping giant u.p.s. slashed 1800 management and administrative jobs, underscoring the bad employment and the labor department. they faced budget at 10% and 85,000 jobs walked. the rate of underemployed, people working part-time that can't get full time jobs is up to 17.3%. at an event to announce tax credits for green jobs, the president acknowledged the set back.
pulled alive from the rubble on sunday, as more aid and u.s. troops arrive in haiti. >>> neck and neck, the race to fill t late ted kennedy's senate seat coming down to the wire. it all comes down to tomorrow's vote. and it could decide the fate of health care reform. >>> and hollywood's golden night. some of the biggest names in entertainment take top honors at the 67th annual golden globe awards. the winners and losers on stage and on the red carpet today, monday, january 18th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a monday morning, martin luther king jr. day, i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. some 12,000 service men and women are in the region helping to get supplies to earthquake survivors, but some say the aid is not arriving fast enough. >> there's a lot of frustration. let's get you caught up. some 70,000 bodies have been buried in mass graves. an on sunday, haiti's prime minister says he expects the final death toll to be 100,000 at a minimum. but 134 hours after the quake, survivors are still being found. at l
to an attempted bombing of the u.s. airliner. full-body scanners could be one answer. wh can they detect and what do they reveal? this morning, a live demonstration right in our studio. >>> meat locker. below-zero temperatures in three entire states overnight, north dakota, south dakota and nebraska, as dangerous snow and ice push into the entire eastern half of the country. >>> and falcon's flight. nbc news has obtained never-before-seen video of the infamous balloon boy incident. >> dad, falcon's in there! >> where? >> in the ship! >> he was just here! >> no, he's in there! >> what? >> what? >> and despite his guilty plea, balloon boy dad richard heene says it wasn't a hoax. a live, exclusive interview with him today, friday, january 8th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and in for meredith, i'm ann curry. good morning, everybody. there's been a lot of talk about these full-body scanners, specifically after this attempted christmas day bombing, and what these scanners might be able to do to preve
's old business for us. >>> but let's begin with a check of the morning's top stories. an curry over at the news desk, good morning to you, an. >>> good morning, everybody, we begin with the record-breaking cold sweeping across the nation, during the night, falling temperatures broke records in no fewer than eight cities in florida. heightening concerns about crops and about food prices. we've got nbc's ron mott in atlanta this morning with details. hey ron, good morning. >> reporter: in a city nicknamed hot atlantaa scenes like this one don't do much for that reputation. it's been frigid here for the better part of a week, the longest cold snap since 1982. and this big chill is getting costly. in florida this weekend, farmers like carl grooms had a lot of frozen fruit on their hands. and a disturbing crunch under their feet. as temperatures continued to plummet overnight. threatening to wipe out crops and the profits that come with them. >> if you're a farmer, you need to deal with the elements. and this is one of them. i wish she'd be a little kind to us right now and put a warm ha
used to do it because i used to cover it for wnbc. and, wow! >> you did it as a professional. >> as a job. you had to pay me to go there. >> you know, it's funny, you saw all the smiling faces last night. yet, considering all that happened in the last year -- the recession, swine flu, two wars, away from home. i would imagine there are a lot of people who are not real sorry to put 2009 behind them. >> i think -- the president may northbound that category as well. in 2009 he learned firsthand but the challenges that come with that title of president. and there are sure to be more trying times now that the calendar has flipped to 2010. we're going to get into all of that in a moment. >>> also ahead, as matt mentioned, the economy certainly not worth celebrating in 2009. millions of americans still are struggling to find work. what does the new year hold? cnbc's jim cramer shares his outlook. >>> also having some fun looking back at the lighter momentsf 2009 and looking ahead to what we might expect this year out of the hollywood industry and also the music industry. what to loo
a lot of the country. we've got complete coverage this morning from the u.s. to europe and we begin in the south where unseasonal cold has florida residents trading tank tops for snuggies today. the weather channel's julie martin is there. julie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, lester. yes, freakishly cold weather expected here in the state of florida through monday and a hard freeze warning all the way from the panhandle in through plant city where i am. as you can see farmers doing everything they can to try to protect their crops from mother nature but fully expecting some damage from this cold snap, which is, by the way, been a week-long event. but now temperatures are going to get even colder, dipping into the 20s through monday. i want to take a look across the state of florida. flurries and ice reported as far south as miami yesterday. people using whatever they can to scrape off their windshields in florida. not something youould see every day. in fact orlando hit one of the coldest highs its seen in about five years. and several southern states just dealing
with his first state of the union address. chuck todd is with us at the white house. >> reporter: with the state of the union looming on wednesday, the president is trying to regain his political footing after a devastating week of setbacks, which began with the populace revolt in massachusetts and the republican victory there. in fact, washington so shaken up that ben bernanke's bid for second term as fed chair is now in jeopardy. after one of the toughest weeks of his presidency, president obama is still on political defense. his latest challenge? getting federal reserve chairman, ben bernanke, confirmed for a second term. >> president obama checked in with the leadership over the weekend and he heard from senator reid, that there's a lot of support for ben bernanke. we're confident that the chairman will be confirmed. >> reporter: but the senate democrats' top vote counter said it's not a done deal and the president will need a significant chunk of republican senators for the 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster. >> i still have unanswered questions and many colleagues do. we
expanding its u.s. recall to include an additional 1 million vehicles, including 2008 to 2010 highlanders. >>> today, meantime, toyota said that -- rather, ford said that it earned $2.7 billion in 2009. that's the company's first profit in four years. >>> and there's a rescue at sea to tell you about in poland, where a dog found itself stuck on an ice floe in the middle of the baltic sea it was spotted by crew members on a research vessel who went out on a small boat to reach the dog. officials believe the animal traveled about 60 miles down the river on the ice before being swept out to sea. it is now three minutes past the hour. let's go back to -- they're now trying to find them a home. meantime, he's currently still aboard the ship. >> poor thing. >> that's a lucky dog. >> very lucky. >> very lucky dog. >> out at sea. my goodness. >> i think it was 18 miles off the coast. ann, thank you very much. mr. roker, how's the weather looking? >>> well, especially for our friends in the midwest and the plains, it's going to be very, very rough. in fact, this low pressure system comes out. you
there was actually a third party crasher. we'll get the details on that in a live report from the white use coming up in a couple of minutes. >>> plus, some never-before-seen photos of tiger woods, and they offer a side of the golfing legend rarely, if ever, seen, courtesy of "vanity fair" magazine. we'll have a look at them straight ahead. >>> but we begin this tuesday morning with the deep freeze that has spread to even more of the country. nbc's jeff rossen's in snowy upstate new york in fulton, just outside syracuse, the shot we showed you before. jeff, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, matt, good morning to you. as you know, they're used to major snow here in upstate new york near syracuse, but nothing quite like this. biggest storm here in three years. right now this is not a snow drift that i'm standing in. this is not a big pile of plowed snow. this is actually, matt, somebody's front lawn. somebody actually lives here. 52 inches of snow on the ground here right now. it's been snowing for nine days straight. not sure you can tell, but it's still coming down this morning. oh, and it's col
with the latest on the storms lashing the west all week. we will begin with miguel almaguer who joins us from la canada flintridge, california. >> reporter: the big concern in this community was mud slides. it appears mother nature and sandbags seem to work together. now time for the cleanup. the damage was done in just five days. cleanup may take weeks. thinking mud, tangled debris littered the streets. in southern california, neighbors aren't just cleaning up. they are going home. the threat of mud slides forced thousands to evacuate is over. now they are given the all-clear to return back. as the storms move into arizona, it flooded parts of sedona. 100 miles away, this house left dangling as water rages below. >> we don't expect to drown. >> reporter: in scottsdale, arizona the storm also damaged antique cars when poles were tossed by strong winds. the eastern part of the state, whiteout conditions forced the closure of several interstates and roads. there's good news for parts of the west. all of the rain and snow put a dent in the drought and parched the region in recent years. >> we got a
>>> good morning. "today" exclusive. for the first time, former u.s. senator and presidential candidate john edwards admits he is the father of frances quinn hunter, the 22-month-old daughter of his former mistress. this morning, why he denied it for so long and why he's now decided to come clean. >>> goodnight. nbc confirms a deal has been signed between the network and conan o'brien with an official announcement to come later this morning. >>> and first photo? tiger woods apparently spotted for the first time since his infamous accident and admitted affairs, pictures that seem to confirm he is in rehab for sex addiction today, thursday, january 21st, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this thursday morning. i'm meredith vieira. >> and i'm matt lauer. and this admission by john edwards has apparently been in the works for months. it confirms what people have long suspected, that the one-time democratic presidential candidate is, in fact, the father of rielle hunter's daughter, quinn. >> edwards in the past denied he was the fathe
's daughter, could john edwards now be indicted over money used to keep that woman quiet? >>> and say what? a woman records her husband saying the strangest things in his sleep. >> i don't have them, but now they're a huge hit on the internet. so, what does he have to say last night? we're going to find out when they join us for a live interview today, friday, january 22nd, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. matt, i want you to take a look at this. this is snow in flagstaff, arizona. not rare, but what is unusual is the amount that has fallen, up to 23 inches since just wednesday. >> that's right, and the snow has led to hundreds of flight cancellations and delays and prompted arizona's governor to declare a statewide emergency, anit's expected to continue for the next day or two. that's not what the people out there want to hear. we're going to have more on that and the ongoing trail of damage caused by a week of rain in southern california, just ahead. >>> also ahead
bombing of northwest airlines flight 253. we are now learning that u.s. border security officers were already planning to question the accused bomber when he landed in detroit. apparently, they had become worried about him after that plane took off from amsterdam. nbc's savannah guthrie's at the white house with more on this. savannah, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, matt. senior aides say that would have been standard procedure for border and customs officials based on the suspect's appearance on that terror database, but obviously would have been too late to stop this plot. meanwhile, today the president's top terror adviser releases his report on what the president has called a potentially catastrophic screw-up by the u.s. government. one day after 23-year-old umar farouk abdulmutallab was indicted for attempting to blow up a detroit-bound passenger jet, the president's top terror adviser will unveil his findings on how it happened, a detailed, unclassified outline of where the nation's intelligence system broke down. the president's national security adviser
, for the first time, the u.s. military air-dropped supplies of food and water into makeshift refugee camps. and the obama administration has eased restrictions on haitian orphans being adopted by americans, making it easier for them to enter this country. right now, about 60 are on a plane headed to pittsburgh, and we're going to have more on them in just a moment. >> we'll have more on this incredible rescue of a woman six days after that earthquake. her husband never gave up hope. on monday he heard a sound coming out of the rubble. that set off a dramatic rescue. their emotional reunion is coming up. >> incredible. >>> and on a much different note, jay leno has made a lot of jokes about the late-night shake-up here at nbc, but last night he got very serious about what's going on and exactly who knew what. we're going to hear his side of the story in just a bit. >>> but let's begin with the latest out of haiti. nbc's lester holt is in the capital of port-au-prince. good morning, lester. >> reporter: meredith, good morning. we're beginning to hear some complaints from aid agencies here ab
of course, his close friend in the u.s. senate, senator ted kennedy, died last summer. that was a major blow. dodd then picked up kennedy's mantle on health care legislation, but he's also spear-heading a comomise on landmark banking regulation. thatould now falter if dodd loses clt as a lam duck. dodd's decision to retire became knn only few hours after another democratic stalwart, senator byron dorga said he woul't run. he was also challenged at home. and senate majority leader reid di't know in advance of eier decision. he faces a tough election this year. >> how significant is the timing of these announcements and what do you think it will mean psychologically and symbolically for the democrats who face a tough november coming up? >> it's huge. do's decision could actually improve democratic chances in their state. there is a popular attorney general, richard blumenthal there. so thehave a chae of holding that seat. dorgan's seat wl probably be ken by north kota's republicans, may the governor if he chooses to run. now also, democrati governor bill ritter believedo be once a rising star
. as you know, they're used to major snow here in upstate new york near syracuse, but nothing quite like this. biggest storm here in three years. right now this is not a snow drift that i'm standing in. this is not a big pile of plowed snow. this is actually, matt, somebody's front lawn. somebody actually lives here. 52 inches of snow on the ground here right now. it's been snowing for nine days straight. not sure you can tell, but it's still coming down this morning. oh, and it's cold here, too, from the east to the midwest down to the south. i know it's winter, but even for january, this is cold. and snowy. keep trying. you can't escape it. >> when your eyelashes start to freeze, you know it's a bad sign. >> unless you're planning to move, you've got to deal with it as best you can. >> well, by the end of six days, i'll be glad for it to go. i'll be ready for some warm weather again. >> reporter: what's so striking is how widespread this is. today, more than half the country, 35 states, will see temperatures well below average. schools are closed across arkansas. ice jams are flooding
in the u.s. while engineers try to fix a dangerous problem with gas pedals. and this morning the company says it doesn't know how long that will take. >>> and not so fast. students blindfold their girls basketball coach and set him up for an impossible shot to win tickets to the final four. two problems -- he makes the shot -- [ cheers and applause ] and they never had the tickets. the story of the prank gone wrong today, wednesday, january 27th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. you know, it's not just what the president says tonight in his address, it's also his ability to connect with the voters, that people will be watching. >> that's right. and judging by that nbc news/"wall street journal" poll, boy, he's got his work cut out for him. so, what kind of tone will he take? what does he need to say? we'll get a preview of the speech from white house press secretary robert gibbs. >>> also ahead, new developments this morning in the tragic death of nancy kerrigan
that tell us more about the speech or the room that it was delivered in? >> oh, i think it's both, but i think, without a doubt, the president had different messages for different groups. he was trying to speak to his own democratic base. he was trying to speak to even moderate democrats, independent voters who are frustrated with government. but he did want to do two things to the right. on one hand, he said look, i want to look for pragmatic ways to work together. i'm not going to try to shove health care down your throat, but i am going to blame you if you stand on the sidelines and require that it takes 60 votes in the senate to get nippianyth. you're going to have to be accountable for what goes on or doesn't get down in washington. he's playing the outsider. >> he says he wants a jobs bill sooner rather than later. how tough a battle, how tough will the fight be over the content of that bill? >> well, i don't think it will have to be that big. the house has passed the bill, they have to work on elements of that. the senate can take it up as well. there seems to be bipartisan suppor
down the deficit and will congress go along with it? >>> family tragedy. the father of u.s. figure skater nancy kerrigan dead following a violent struggle with her brother. now he is under arrest. this morning, the latest on the investigation. >>> and happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy birthday. nadya suleman's octuplets are turning 1, and their mom, well, she is showing off her slim, new figure today, tuesday, january 26th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm meredith vieira -- >> and -- >> did i mention that i'm happy? >> happy eight times over. and i'm matt lauer. >>> president obama is probably going to spend a lot of time today working on the state of the union address, to deliver tomorrow night. we now know a key component of that address is a three-year spending freeze on parts of the budget. >> it would impact about $477 billion of the money available to certain domestic agencies, everything from education to transportation, but that doesn't necessarily mean that those budgets would
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